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Canes Hoops profile: F Anthony Lawrence II

The senior looks to have saved his best for last.

NCAA Basketball: Virginia Tech at Miami
Hurricanes guard Anthony Lawrence shoots over Virginia Tech Hokies forward Kerry Blackshear
Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Anthony ‘Amp’ Lawrence heads into his fourth and final season at Miami after a trio of phenomenal campaigns so far.

As a freshman off the bench in 2015-16, he averaged just over four points per game and improved that total to just under seven in 2016-17 and just under nine in 2017-18—as a starter both of those years.

With an abundance of guards on the roster over his time at UM such as Angel Rodriguez, Bruce Brown and Lonnie Walker, Lawrence has played mostly as a power or small forward. While he has played well in that role—grabbing 6.5 rebounds per game last year— he is expected to play a larger role as a guard this season, the position he was recruited as out of Lakewood High School in St. Petersburg.

Amp has proven he can be versatile on the court, recording two double-doubles in ACC play last year, with 10 points and 10 rebounds against Pitt. He also recorded career highs in both points and rebounds at Virginia Tech, with 25 and 13 respectively.

With a larger post presence highlighted by the return of Ebuka Izundu, Dewan Hernandez and Sam Waardenburg—along with the debut of redshirt freshman Deng Gak— Lawrence’s ability as guard will prove to be a key bellwether thought the season for this young Canes team.